Getting pregnant was not supposed to happen to a smart girl like Lauren. Especially not when the father is her dad's boss...
Lauren isn't impressed with Clay, her dad's boss. But something changes that Friday, when Clay sits by her on the tailgate and whispers in her ear. He only asks about the bathroom, but something in his lopsided smile and deep voice makes her face burn, makes her turn and inhale the scent of him, before she can answer.
Lauren’s twenty. Clay’s thirty-four. She can't think about him. She has enough trouble in this dried-up West Texas town. Her family expects her to marry Brian and raise a house full of kids in a double-wide. And Lauren has plans of her own: to get away from Brian, get out of town, and get a college education. Even if she liked him, there is no Clay in her long term plans.
Until Clay gets her pregnant. Then Lauren has to make a new plan. That single-minded goal of independence has driven her for so long, but she'll have to put it aside to accept Clay's help.
Then the baby is born too early and doesn't survive. How can she ever want anything from life again? And if the baby was all that bound her to Clay, walking away shouldn't hurt so bad.